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The Lazier Murder: Prince Edward County, 1884

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ISBN13: 9781442615267
Published: December 2012
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Country of Publication: Canada
Format: Paperback
Price: £17.99

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In December 1883, Peter Lazier was shot in the heart during a bungled robbery at a Prince Edward County farmhouse. Three local men, pleading innocence from start to finish, were arrested and charged with his murder. Two of them - Joseph Thomset and David Lowder - were sentenced to death by a jury of local citizens the following May. Nevertheless, appalled community members believed at least one of them to be innocent - even pleading with prime minister John A. Macdonald to spare them from the gallows.The Lazier Murder explores a community's response to a crime, as well as the realization that it may have contributed to a miscarriage of justice. Robert J. Sharpe reconstructs and contextualizes the case using archival and contemporary newspaper accounts.

The Lazier Murder provides an insightful look at the changing pattern of criminal justice in nineteenth-century Canada, and the enduring problem of wrongful convictions.

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Legal History, Other Jurisdictions , Canada
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Crime
Chapter 3 Hugh McKinnon: Detective
Chapter 4 A Place Apart
Chapter 5 Coroner's Inquest
Chapter 6 Committal Proceedings
Chapter 7 Picton Spring Assizes, 1884
Chapter 8 Surprise Evidence
Chapter 9 The Defence
Chapter 10 Verdict
Chapter 11 Last Hope
Chapter 12 Pleas for Mercy
Chapter 13 The Day of Execution Approaches
Chapter 14 Community Conscience

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